The 10 Best Gilbert Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 17 places around Gilbert to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Gilbert suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Gilbert are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Gilbert for 2021:

  1. Paradise Valley
  2. Fountain Hills
  3. Scottsdale
  4. Queen Creek
  5. Chandler
  6. Santa Cruz
  7. Goodyear
  8. Maricopa
  9. Tempe
  10. Mesa

What's the best suburb of Gilbert? Paradise Valley ranks as the best suburb of Gilbert for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Paradise Valley, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Gilbert 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Arizona:

The 10 Best Gilbert Suburbs To Live For 2021

Paradise Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,362
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $211,393
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Paradise Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paradise Valley is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Gilbert area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Paradise Valley."

Everyone here is rich; families average $211,393 a year, which is the highest in the Gilbert region. And only 2.15% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,516,200 each.

Fountain Hills, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,729
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $85,200
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Fountain Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fountain Hills is the second best 'burb we looked at near Gilbert for 2021.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 2.82% of residents lack insurance, good for best.

Scottsdale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 250,602
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $88,213
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Scottsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Scottsdale, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Gilbert metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Scottsdale.

Queen Creek, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,129
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $105,729
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Queen Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Queen Creek ranks as the 4th best suburb of Gilbert for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Queen Creek and the schools are some of the best around.

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 252,692
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $82,925
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.6%
More on Chandler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Chandler.

Chandler gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Gilbert area, where houses sell for an average of $300,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Santa CruzSanta Cruz Location In California

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 64,522
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $77,921
Unemployment Rate: 7.7%
Poverty Rate: 20.9%
More on Santa Cruz: Real Estate

Santa Cruz is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 7.67% which is 13th best in the area.

According to online reports, Santa Cruz is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Gilbert area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 80,371
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,866
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.0%
More on Goodyear: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Goodyear.

Goodyear schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 10.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,629
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,515
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
More on Maricopa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maricopa is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 7.18% of people lack insurance, good for 8th in the area.

Tempe, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 187,454
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $57,994
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Poverty Rate: 19.8%
More on Tempe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Tempe?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Mesa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 499,720
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $58,181
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 14.8%
More on Mesa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Mesa.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Gilbert for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Gilbert was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Gilbert.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 6,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 17 suburbs to evaluate around Gilbert.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Gilbert." We're lookin' at you, Paradise Valley. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Gilbert 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Gilbert, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Gilbert Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Paradise Valley, AZ 14,362 $211,393
2 Fountain Hills, AZ 24,729 $85,200
3 Scottsdale, AZ 250,602 $88,213
4 Queen Creek, AZ 43,129 $105,729
5 Chandler, AZ 252,692 $82,925
6 Santa Cruz, AZ 64,522 $77,921
7 Goodyear, AZ 80,371 $83,866
8 Maricopa, AZ 48,629 $74,515
9 Tempe, AZ 187,454 $57,994
10 Mesa, AZ 499,720 $58,181
11 Glendale, AZ 247,813 $55,020
12 Phoenix, AZ 1,633,017 $57,459
13 Apache Junction, AZ 40,592 $45,653
14 Casa Grande, AZ 55,653 $52,841
15 Florence, AZ 26,420 $49,534
16 Guadalupe, AZ 6,482 $38,125
17 Coolidge, AZ 12,685 $49,266

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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